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Vancouver: Old Gastown City Exploration Game

1. Vancouver: Old Gastown City Exploration Game

Here's a sneak peek at the storyline: “You call yourself a treasure hunter, though the less “sophisticated” call you a thief. A letter covered in antique stamps directs you to Vancouver to find the “Oppenheimer Stash,” a stockpile of Gold Rush spoils.” As you solve challenges, the story unfolds and exact directions on your phone will guide you to the next location. So, are you up for an exciting city game?. Start the city game at the Marine Building. It will take you around 1.5 to 2 hours to complete and you can also explore at your own pace, pause the game and resume anytime from the location where you paused it. Finish at the Gassy Jack statue. After your booking, receive an email on how to download the game to your phone. You can play on your own, in a large group, or in several smaller groups that compete against each other and meet at the final stop of the game. For larger groups, one person can purchase access for the entire group by selecting the number of people in the group. All group members will be able to download and play the city game on their phones. Alternatively, each person can make their own purchase.

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Vancouver & Capilano Suspension Bridge Sightseeing: Half-Day

2. Vancouver & Capilano Suspension Bridge Sightseeing: Half-Day

Vancouver’s fascinating past and present come together in this engaging tour that traverses through urban cityscapes, seaside parks, and ancient rainforests. Begin with the highlights of downtown, including Canada Place, home of the 2010 Olympic Cauldron. Wind through impressive modern and historic architecture, past the Arts and Financial Districts and the fashion mecca of Robson Street. Enter the 1,000-acre urban rainforest, Stanley Park, for a unique perspective of the city from a quiet forest setting. Visit the First Nations Totem Poles before whisking off to North Vancouver. Continue across the Lions Gate Bridge to Vancouver’s scenic North Shore and the Capilano Suspension Bridge Park. Don’t miss the impressive collection of First Nations artwork and the historic Story Centre. From the spectacular Cliffwalk, gaze out over towering cedars and the Capilano River winding through the valley far below. Take an exhilarating walk across the Capilano Suspension Bridge to the other side, where many unique and informative experiences await, including the TreeTops Adventure. Do not miss the awesome Cliffwalk above the canyon. Return to downtown Vancouver via Stanley Park and English Bay, and get ready to engage all of your senses as you step out into Granville Island Market. This market is an artisan haven for all things local and handmade, including delicious food, coffee, tea, eclectic artwork, and West Coast music. Carry on through bustling Chinatown, a tribute to the Far East. Continue to historic Gastown, the heart of Vancouver, where it all began.  

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Vancouver: Lost Souls of Gastown Tour

3. Vancouver: Lost Souls of Gastown Tour

Venture into Vancouver's earliest and most gruesome history on this 90-minute walking tour. Designed for adult audiences, the experience is both a walking tour and a theatre piece. Every story is grounded in documented Vancouver history, taken from the city archives. The plotline is woven together as the tragic tale of one person's life, ending in a dramatic finale in the heart of Gastown's Maple Tree Square.  Do not expect a ghost tour or conventional walking tour – this is an experience that will pull you so deep into the swirling lamplight and darkened alleys of Gastown’s murky past you may have a hard time finding your way back out… As you travel along cobblestone streets you'll visit our city's oldest hotel - the Victorian, learn the truth about the historic Gastown Steam Clock, see how Vancouver looked before and after the Great Fire, explore notorious Gaoler's Mews, and walk down the back alleys of Water Street to famous Maple Tree Square. Every one of Gastown's must-see sites and landmarks is visited on the walk.

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Vancouver: Guided Food and City History Tour

4. Vancouver: Guided Food and City History Tour

To start, your local guide will teach you about the North Shore of Vancouver, where you will see the beautiful waterfront and mountains. First stop is a local maple store. Hear stories about Canada's favorite food item, maple syrup! You can also pick up souvenirs. Next, stop at a local sushi restaurant. Learn about the big sushi culture in Vancouver and taste fresh local sushi. Afterwards, walk along the historic streets of Gastown and learn about the past and present of this beautiful area. Visit the popular steam clock. Try poutine, Canada's famous dish with fries, cheese curds and gravy. Your guide will share some trends and tales of the city before stopping in for a surprise: a delicious vegetable based dish. Enter the most beautiful square in the city and learn about the founder of Gastown. This spot is a great opportunity for photos. Finish the tour with some refreshing ice cream. Your guide will show you a great bar for local beers. There is another amazing secret dish as well!

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Vancouver Bike Tour: Gastown, Chinatown, Granville Island

5. Vancouver Bike Tour: Gastown, Chinatown, Granville Island

Start your tour at the sandy shores of English Bay. Follow the beach path east with your bike tour guide. Stop along False Creek seawall to view the colourful "Giants" mural by Osgemeos. Leave the seawall and head into the Yaletown district for a quick stop at the Roundhouse Community Centre. See the first train across Canada and hear about Vancouver's connection to the railroad. Return to the seawall and bike through the stadium district, alongside BC Place, The Park Casino and Rogers Arena. Skip across the city to Gastown, Vancouver's oldest neighbourhood. Hear the story of Gassy Jack, stop at the Vancouver Steamclock and gaze up at the impressive design of the Woodwards Tower. Slide over to Chinatown for a peak inside the meditative Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Gardens. Learn about the important role the Chinese played in the development of Canada and hear the quirky story of the Chinatown otter. Pedal through Strathcona, Vancouver's first residential neighbourhood. Pause in front of Nora Hendrix's house and hear Vancouver's connection to the legendary guitar player. Stop for a tasty treat at La Casa Gelato, the Guinness World Record setting ice cream shop with 238 flavours to choose from. Ride through the Olympic Athlete's Village as you return west along the south side of False Creek. Cycle onto Granville Island for a slow roll past the artisan shops and remaining factory elements. Park the bikes and putter through the over 100 stalls in the Granville Island Public Market. Return to the bikes for a quick sea jaunt across False Creek on the Aquabus ferry system. Arrive back at the bike shop for a quick tour debrief, recommendation list and Instagram selfie!

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Vancouver: Private Sightseeing Tour with Capilano Bridge

6. Vancouver: Private Sightseeing Tour with Capilano Bridge

The adventure begins with pickup from your hotel, then sets off into the bustling streets of Vancouver. Start with a comprehensive tour of the downtown area, including Canada Place, home to the 2010 Olympic Cauldron. Marvel at the array of architectural masterpieces as you wander, and pass by the Arts and Financial District as well as Robson Street. Arrive at Stanley Park, a 1000-acre urban rainforest. Immerse yourself in this unique forest setting, and admire the First Nations Totem Poles. Head to North Vancouver next, crossing over the Lions Gate Bridge towards Capilano Suspension Bridge Park.  Check out the park’s impressive collection of First Nations artwork and learn about local history in the Story Center. Stop at the spectacular Cliffwalk and gaze out across the towering cedar trees and the winding Capilano River. Enjoy an exhilarating walk across the Capilano Suspension Bridge then travel back into downtown Vancouver for a visit to the bustling Granville Island Market.

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Vancouver: VanDusen Gardens or Lookout Tower - Private Tour

7. Vancouver: VanDusen Gardens or Lookout Tower - Private Tour

This private tour of culturally rich Vancouver begins with an introduction to key downtown including Canada Place and Robson Street. Wind through historic and modern architectural wonders en-route to Stanley Park, a 1,000-acre natural oasis, surrounded by the Pacific Ocean. View the First Nations Totem Poles, and gaze upon ever-changing rainforest and shoreline scenery on the way through the park. Get your camera ready for a photo stop at Prospect Point, with a great view of Lions Gate Bridge. Continue to the enchanting sights of the English Bay beach area, followed by a visit to the eclectic Granville Island Market. Top off this adventure with a choice to visit the VanDusen Botanical Garden or the Vancouver Lookout. In addition to plants native to British Columbia and water features, the garden features works of art including carved totem poles, stone sculptures, and a maze for the family to enjoy. At the Vancouver Lookout, rise more than 500 feet above the city in a glass elevator for views of the ocean framed by the lush Coastal Mountains, busy city, and rugged shoreline.

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What people are saying about Gastown Steam Clock

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 273 reviews

Our guide Gregory was absolutely amazing! He was so authentic in character, from his clothes to the way he kicked the dirt from underneath his foot. He lived his days with such endearment and finesse,he brought you back to his time in the world. I'll come back for another tour and with a bunch of my friends!

We had Tracy and she was excellent!!! I wish we could see who is doing the tours because my parents would have loved her storytelling! She made the tour excellent!!

It’s is an excellent tour. Janet did a wonderful job as our tour guide

Amazing facts and extremely interesting history of gastown

Very knowledgeable and talented guide. Highly recommended